This article contains advice on installing Ball Bearing Hinges and general information on issues regarding right/left handed Ball Bearing Hinges.

Right and Left Hand Ball Bearing Hinges

Ball Bearing Hinges

In most cases the design of a ball bearing hinge gives it the ability to be used in reverse. Reversing the hinge means that you can attach it so that the end you prefer is upright.

You will find that some hinges require you to install it only in one direction.

First, you will have to decipher which direction you wish your door to open, and locate where the hinges must be for security reasons.

Select either a left or right-handed hinge based on those needs.

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Installing Hinges

In most cases the ball bearing hinges are either surface mounted or recessed. There are instances where you will encounter a combination of both.

We highly recommend you check and re-check your measurements. You must begin with accurate measurements. While measuring make sure you plan for appropriate clearances.

A popular variety of recessed hinges are butt hinges. When installing butt hinges, decide where you need them to go. Most people say that 5-inches from the top and 10-inches from the bottom is the perfect spot for them.

Generally, you will need to cut the recess to match the depth of the hinge. Use a butt marker to indicate the proper width for the cut. The length of the recess must match the length of the hinge. The width, likewise, matches that of the hinge.

To make cuts use a chisel. Make sure that everything aligns properly. Determine where your screw will be and make some drill holes. Make sure the drill holes are a tad bit smaller than the screws. Attach the screws and secure the door into it’s hung hinges with the pins.


We hope that this general information regarding ball bearing hinges provides you with a good starting point to choose the correct hinges and installing them for your door! Should you have any questions, be sure to contact us, we’d love to hear from you! And don’t forget, if you are embarking on any projects, check out our shop for materials you may need!


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